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Getting Ready for the Move (Bogotá)

Looking at a Protected content timeline for a move to Cali, Colombia.
Currently in the process to buy a Condo. and my wife and i have opened an account with Banco de Colombia.
Current issues:
1. Visa: I need to have a Colombian ID to be covered under Govt. Medical Plan
+ I am thinking I should apply for a Visa about 1 year out. Then once I get the Visa apply for the Colombian ID. Is my timing about right?

2. Moving: Although much of our furniture will not fit -- there is some we want to ship. Any suggestions on shipping companies that will give cost estimates? And will I have to pay some import tax?

3. Is it better to bring a ship in a car, or buy one in Colombia? Assuming I ship in a used vehicle - what is my import tax hit?

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